Brussels, November 24, 2020
- A cutting-edge combination of technologies harnesses heat from wastewater to deliver low carbon energy to a district heat network in the city of Stirling
- The project has the potential to save up to 381 tonnes of carbon per year, equivalent to driving 1.5 million miles in an average petrol car
–Trane®, a brand of global climate innovator Trane Technologies (NYSE: TT), together with and Honeywell (NYSE: HON), announced today they are providing technologies for a ground-breaking project generating low-carbon heat and energy cost savings to local public buildings and businesses in Stirling, Scotland. The district heating network project, developed in partnership with Scottish Water Horizons and Stirling Council, with support from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP), uses a variety of renewable energy sources including wastewater from Scottish Water’s adjacent sewage treatment works.
The project has the potential to save up to 381 tonnes of carbon per year, equivalent to driving 1.5 million miles in an average petrol car, and aligns with Scotland’s commitment to becoming a net-zero carbon emissions society by 2045.
The technology is the first of its kind in the U.K. to use sewage and wastewater heat recovery technology alongside combined heat and power engine (CHP) to generate heat and electricity in a single, highly efficient process. Heat-pump technology by Trane, extracts heat from sewage and wastewater, uses Honeywell’s ultra-low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant at an energy centre owned and operated by Scottish Water Horizons to deliver low-carbon and energy cost saving heat to the district heating network.
“Trane is directly addressing climate change by changing the way the world heats and cools buildings and moves refrigerated cargo,” said José La Loggia, president of the Trane commercial HVAC business in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. ”In Europe, buildings are responsible for 40 percent of energy consumption and 36 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and almost half of the energy used in buildings is on heating and cooling. Innovations like our advanced heat pumps used in the Stirling project aim at bending the curve on global warming by replacing fossil fuel-based heating.”
“This is an exciting district heating project which demonstrates the direct impact that Honeywell Solstice refrigerants along with Trane Technologies can have on CO2
emissions and energy consumption,” said Julien Soulet, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Fluorine Products Europe, Middle East and Africa. “No other refrigerants available today provide the comprehensive range of advantages that Solstice products offer, including energy efficiency, negligible climate impact, ease of conversion, safety in use and low total cost of ownership.”
Energy savings to household and local businesses
The district heating network, owned and operated by Stirling Council, includes a number of key public buildings in Stirling, including the leisure centre, stadium and nearby high school. The scope of the project allows the network to expand across the city and provide energy cost savings to households and local businesses.
“The Stirling Project is a key example of how we’re supporting the Scottish Government and Scottish Water in their ambitious Net Zero Emissions targets,” said Donald MacBrayne, business development manager for Scottish Water Horizons. “Over half of the energy consumed in Scotland comes from heat, and we are dedicated to continuously utilising Scottish Water assets to generate low carbon energy, contributing to a greener Scotland. The energy centre, has been designed to allow for future development, supporting further, subsequent expansion of the low carbon network.”
The Stirling project aligns with Trane Technologies’ Sustainability Commitment, including the gigaton challenge, which pledges to reduce customer carbon emissions (CO2
e) by one billion metric tons by increasing sustainability in the way the world heats and cools buildings and moves refrigerated food, medicines, and other perishables.
Solutions like the Trane CITY zero carbon compact cooling and heating units used in the Stirling project are an example of Trane’s innovation towards electrification of heating as a way to offset the use of fossil fuels for heating. . Trane heat pump solutions are considered a source of renewable energy since they make use of free available energy present in ambient air and groundwater sources. They achieve hot water at temperatures of up to 80 degrees Celsius by using Solstice ze (R-1234ze), an ultra-low GWP refrigerant from Honeywell.
Solstice ze has an ultra-low global warming potential (GWP) of less than 1, is based on Honeywell’s hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) technology, and is non-ozone-depleting. Solstice ze is designed for medium-pressure chillers to cool large buildings, infrastructure projects, process chillers in refrigeration applications, district cooling and heating, ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle), high-temperature heat pumps, and medium-temperature self-contained refrigeration cabinets.
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About Trane Technologies
Trane Technologies (NYSE: TT) is a global climate innovator. Through our strategic brands Trane and Thermo King, and our portfolio of environmentally responsible products and services, we bring efficient and sustainable climate solutions to buildings, homes and transportation. For more news, please visit www.tranetechnologies.com
Honeywell is a world leader in the development, manufacture and supply of refrigerants
sold globally under the Solstice®
brand names for refrigeration
air conditioning. Honeywell and its suppliers have completed a $900 million investment program in research and development, and new capacity based on Honeywell’s hydrofluoroolefin technology.
About Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT)
develops process technologies, automation solutions, advanced materials and industrial software that are transforming industries around the world. PMT’s Advanced Materials businesses manufacture a wide variety of high-performance products including environmentally preferable materials used for the production of refrigerants, blowing agents, aerosols and solvents, pharmaceutical packaging, fine chemicals, additives and high strength-fiber for military, law enforcement and industrial use. Technologies developed by Honeywell UOP (www.uop.com
), a leading provider in the oil and gas sector, form the foundation for most of the world’s refiners, efficiently producing gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, petrochemicals and renewable fuels. Honeywell Process Solutions (www.honeywellprocess.com
) is a pioneering provider of automation control, safety systems, field instrumentation, fuel delivery and burners, connected plant offerings, cybersecurity, tissue and packaging materials control systems, connected utility and metering solutions, and services for a wide range of industries.
About Scottish Water Horizons
Scottish Water Horizons Ltd is a commercial subsidiary wholly owned by Scottish Water. The company plays a key role in supporting carbon reduction and the development of Scotland’s sustainable and circular economy by making the most of the public utility’s vast array of assets. From generating renewable energy from wind, solar power and waste water to recycling food waste and facilitating industry innovation, Scottish Water Horizons is helping Scottish Water meet Net Zero Emissions by 2040 – five years ahead of the Scottish Government target. The company’s growth strategy is to support Scotland as a developing Hydro Nation and take opportunities to harness Scottish Water’s asset base through both its own development and working in partnership with other organisations including the public and private sectors. www.scottishwaterhorizons.co.uk
Michał Karkoszka, Trane Technologies
+48 601 077 932
Martin Orsag, Honeywell
+420 242 442 279